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We weren’t expecting that! The Rangers land Ryan Dempster

Jul 31, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

Ryan Dempster AP

After more than a week of flirtation with the Dodgers, a brief fling with the Braves, and then some footsie with the Yankees, Ryan Dempster has been traded.  To the Rangers. In exchange, the Cubs get third baseman Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks.

There were rumblings this morning that the Rangers were involved, but many figured that it was simply a matter of the Cubs trying to leverage Dempster’s first choice — the Dodgers — into paying what they want.  That didn’t happen, however, and late this afternoon word came down that Dempster had given approval for a trade to either the Dodgers, the Yankees or the Rangers. And Jon Daniels sealed the deal.

Villanueva is only 21 years-old. He’s hitting .285/.356/.421 with ten homers for high-A Myrtle Beach. He’s something of a sleeper. His teammate, Hendricks, is 5-8 with a 2.82 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 130.2 innings with only 15 walks. He’ll turn 23 in December.

  1. headbanger33 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I knew it – Texas has the best Canadian Bacon.

    • cur68 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Alberta has the best Canadian Bacon. Texas though, has some fine Canadian Pitching now…unless this is another “done deal” like the last one. I’m waiting till I see him on the mound in a game after the Ump yells “play ball” to close the books on this one.

  2. meteor32 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I was actually beginning to think he was going to make his start tonight before I saw a report of this deal about 2 minutes before the deadline.

  3. antlerclaws - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Dempster has to be an improvement over the 50% of Texas pitching that’s on the DL.

  4. number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    MYSTERY TEAM TO THE RESCUE!

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Thankfully it is over
    Shane Doan or Ryan Dempster, not sure which became more frustrating to read so much about.

    So the Cubs are looking a little shrewd and vindictive all at the same time, good for them

  6. dlhouse18 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I’m guessing the Cubs panicked and were just able to get rid of him while he’s having a career year.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      I’m guessing the Cubs got tired of dealing with the Dodgers and their imaginary leverage.

      • stercuilus65 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:02 PM

        I’m guessing the Cubs finally realized the Dodgers weren’t stupid enough to give a top prospect for a 35 year old middle of the rotation pitcher who had a hot month.

  7. lew24 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Two class A guys and the dodgers couldn’t pull this one out?

  8. beefytrout - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Sounds like a good deal so far.

  9. sabatimus - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Bye bye, Oswalt.

  10. number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    It’s a nice upgrade if he can hold it together in a tough division.

  11. billymc75 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Jon D does it again !

    • jarathen - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Way to land a difference-maker! Dempster for the win! Suck on that, Angels!

      Wait, Greinke? ZACK Greinke? Really?

  12. sportsfan3 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    I hope last night is the last we see of Oswalt.

  13. jeffbbf - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Choke on it, LA. Also, the rumor was that Dumpster didn’t want to go the ATL because he didn’t want to pitch in the oppressive heat. Enjoy the cool air of Texas. Either way, I’m hoping he helps Texas win this year.

    • dannymac17 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      the cool air of texas? the hell are you rambling about.

      • gmsalpha - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM

        Gosh Danny. You ever hear of sarcasm? Lol.

  14. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Christian Villanueva is a Very nice prospect, much better than the names I’ve heard the Dodgers offering. And Hendricks is a control freak that my have a limited ceiling but a solid kid as well. Cubs fans should be very happy.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      15 BB in 130 innings this year type of control

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      As a Cub fan, this feels very bittersweet. Jed did well, but Ryan will be sorely missed. Hope he gets a ring this year.

  15. sdelmonte - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Anyone else think Dempster looks like Hank Scorpio?

    Interesting trade. The AL West looks to be a great race to the finish.

  16. stew48 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Dempster was great for the Cubs. Now, this Cub fan is excited he helped us as he changes teams. If that 3rd baseman is a win, the Cubs will benefit muchly.

  17. eshine76 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    The Dodgers, apparently, were blindsided by this.

    • stercuilus65 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Not really , they simply refused to overpay for a two month rental with a top prospect.

  18. randygnyc - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Rangers just announced neftali feliz torn ucl. Tommy John surgery this week.

  19. mavajo - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Dumpster is gonna get destroyed by AL batters.

  20. vallewho - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    somebody else blindsided?

  21. richieranger - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    If steinbrenner was alive he’d be a Yankee.

  22. richieranger - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    If the boss was alive he’d be a Yankee

  23. stew48 - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    While I have never been a Yankee fan, I will always remember that the Yankees sent Hank Borowy to the Cubs in July of 1945 and he was 9-3 to lead them to their last pennant. And, I don’t think they got much in return.

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